UPDATE: 11/19/2012 It is with a heavy heart that we learned Deanna Heineman passed away on 11/18/12. She is in the Lord's hands and HER pain is gone. Please continue to pray for their family as their healing process begins. As we move into the Holiday Season, please consider adding the Heineman family to your Christmas list. The last 2 years have been very difficult for them financially and if there was ever a family that could benefit from your generosity the Heineman family is it. Blessings to you and your family.
-Ed Fritz, Owner
I'm trying to create an EPIDEMIC of Love, Compassion, Prayer and Giving for a friend of mine who's beautiful little 4-year old daughter has recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
I hope to INFECT you! I want you to lift a little princess and her family up in prayer; I hope it inspires you to love on your kids a little more and cherish every moment with your family.
I hope you will be CONTAGIOUS and pass this on to your friends. If a video can go VIRAL, then Love, Prayers and Support can go VIRAL too!!
I met Deanna's dad, Richard Heineman, a couple of years ago; Rich and his wife, Kim, have four beautiful daughters, ages 4-16. A friend had send sent out an email asking if anyone was in need of a "website/design" guy. Gods timing was perfect: I needed a new website. Rich is a "Dragon Slayer" - a guy who gets up everyday, works hard and puts his family first. Rich moved his family to Texas for a new job just before I met him. After a few months, the business failed and he lost his job. Finding a new job proved difficult in the tough economy (countless resume's and interviews). So, being the Dragon Slayer he is, he started his own internet marketing company (www.ISellResults.com) to take care of his family.
About this same time, Deanna (his youngest daughter) was diagnosed with cancer for a SECOND time. You see, this precious little girl was already a cancer survivor at age two. At the sweet age of just 13 months, she had been diagnosed with a cancerous stage 1 Wilms tumor; the doctors successfully removed her kidney and tumor the first time.
Rich moved his family out of a house and into an apartment to help ease the financial burden; they had only one car and expenses were piling up. Fortunately, both Rich and Kim had proudly served in our military so they had medical coverage for Deanna's treatments.
In April 2012, Deanna was diagnosed with another Wilms tumor for the THIRD time. She was treated and less than just 2 months ago was given the "all clear" again.
Then, a couple of weeks ago, Deanna started feeling sick again. The cancer was back for a FOURTH time. A new scan revealed a tomato sized tumor in her liver with a tail wrapped around the liver, two tumors in her left lung, a tumor in her right lung and tumors in her abdominal wall. All of this had happened within a six week period.
The meeting with their Oncologist was a parents worst nightmare. The oncology department said there was nothing more they could do for their little girl. They decided to give Deanna some low doses of chemotherapy to help slow the growth of the tumors. They are doing this to get more time with her; whether it be weeks or months - every moment they have with her is precious to them. Their faith in the Lord is strong. Rich wrote me an email a couple of days ago and I have his permission to share part of it with you. Their faith is NOT broken!
Our hearts are broken and we're on an emotional roller coaster, but our faith has not changed and we refuse to allow it to move. Jesus taught the disciples that, "If we believed, we could tell a mountain to be cast into the sea" and it would be moved.
Some call us delusional with our faith. If we are delusional with our faith, then so was the woman that said, "if I can just touch his clothes I'll be healed," and so were the guys that ripped a hole in the roof of the building Jesus was teaching in, just to lower their buddy to the feet of Christ for healing, and so was the Centurion leader that told Jesus "if you'll just say the word I know my servant will be healed."
We have that kind of faith to believe that God can and will heal our daughter and we will fight with our faith regardless of what we see. While we do not deny the facts of her condition, we choose to believe the Truth of God's Word and what it says about her condition.
I have 4 year old daughter too. When I see Deanna, I think of my own daughter and can only imagine the pain Rich & his family are going through. I know any father would move heaven and earth for his family.
Will you help the Heineman family?
How? Well, needless to say, it has been VERY difficult financially for them the last couple of years. ANYTHING you can contribute will help, no gift is too small. I want Rich and Kim to be able to use the time they have to focus on one thing - spending time with their daughter.
They have set up a PayPal account to accept your donations. A little bit, from a lot of people, can make a HUGE difference!
DONATE ONLINE HERE: Donations for Deanna Heineman via Secured Site PayPal.com
Packages, gift cards & other tangible donations can be mailed to their home:
Rich & Kim Heineman
2414 Blue Holly Dr.
Corinth, TX 76210
If you have any questions, or would like to help in any other way, please contact me at ed[at]atticfoil[dot]com or call at 800-595-8772.
Thanks and please keep Deanna in your prayers!!